Fri. Jun 15 2018

BREAKING NEWS: China Slams Alaska and US Seafood Industry with 25% Tariff on $1 Billion in Exports


Council Separates Adak Cod Issue from Broader Cod Allocation issues, Expects Action by Dec 2018


Possible North Atlantic Right Whale Death Off Virginia Coast


WWF Canada Says DFO Cod Cuts Too Little; Differs with FFAW and GIDC Partners who See Differently  


Celebrate National Lobster Day With the Top Lobster Stories  


ANALYSIS: Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports Continue to Advance


China’s Frozen Salmon Prices Have Been Dropping; Dealers Stuck with High Cost Inventory  


VIDEO: Maine's Lobster Industry; SAVE Right Whales Act of 2018 and More


Final Sentence Handed Down in Maine Eel Trafficking Case


Fish Radio: Ferry Tests for Ocean Acidity Produce First Results


Lobster Day 2018: Indulge With These 5 Lobster Recipes  


Shelf-Life Extension Co. BluWrap Receives Additional Financing from Existing Investors


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 15


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, June 15


Thu. Jun 14 2018

In Example of Flexibility Pacific Council Eases Yelloweye Rockfish Constraints in Groundfish Fishery  


Alaska Salmon Season Subdued So Far - Calm Before the Bristol Bay Storm?


WPRFMC Managers Recommend Changes to Swordfish Longline Fishery in Light of Turtle Interactions  


SAVE Right Whales Act Could Provide $50 Million Grant For Ropeless Fishing Technology


‘Weaponized’ McDowell Report on Value of Shore Processing Opening Gun in Fight Over Cod Allocations


Basa Price Likely to Drop in China After Due to Greater Supply  


Canadian Food Inspection Agency Introduces Safe Food For Canadians Regulations, Effective January


Russia's FAS Wants to Abolish All Historical Fishing Quota Rights in Exchange for 15 Year Leases


New Video Previews Nordic Aquafarm’s Belfast Facility  


Lobster Council of Canada Speaks Out on Right Whale Mitigation Issues  


Alaska Governor Candidates Don't Like Salmon Ballot Initiative  


Coastal Villages Region Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Internship Program


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, June 14


Wed. Jun 13 2018

Arctic Storm Building 'Largest and Most Advanced Fishing Vessel' Ever Built in US    


Processing Plants Coming up Short as Whale Closures Hit Last Weeks of Lobster, Crab Fishery in Gulf  


DFO Cuts Northern Cod Stewardship Fishery by 25%, to 9500 tons, Critics Say too Little, or too Much


Federal Managers Increase Catch Limits in Hawaii Deep-Water Bottomfish


NZ Green Shell Mussel Harvest May Be Postponed; Algal Blooms an Issue  


Lack of Sustainable Fish in UK Force Buyers to Import  


Alaska Governor Candidates’ Positions on Pebble Mine


Cermaq Upset Over Gov't Caution on iFarm Licenses  


Iceland’s IS Seafood Being Sold by China’s Acorn Fresh


Skeena Nations Oppose DFO’s Recreational Fishing Actions, Fear Salmon Crisis  


Georgia Commercial and Recreational Shrimp Harvest Opens Tuesday, June 19  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, June 13


Tue. Jun 12 2018

Damanzaihao, World's Largest Factory Vessel, Detained for IUU by Peru After Belize Strips Flag


New Whale Closures Near Lameque, Shippagan, Prompt Emergency Harvester Meeting in New Brunswick


Warming Waters an Issue For Maine Lobster Industry, But State Committed to Protecting Fishery  


Former Disney Head Turns to Sustainable Seafood from Iceland, Partners With Seattle Fish Co.   


Canadian Agencies Working to Unravel Cause of Lobster Boat Collision that Left Two Men Dead


Alaska Net Hack Challenge Aims to Identify Opportunities For Old Nets


Fisheries Observer Service AIS, Inc. Awarded $50 Million Contract by NOAA NEFSC


Green Island Salmon and its Norwegian Partners Plan 3 New NL Salmon Farms  


Captain D’s Unveils New 5 Under $5 Deal


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, June 12


Mon. Jun 11 2018

New Seafood News Podcast: Market Update; Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone; SIRF and More


Researchers Look at Global Cost of Fishing in the High Seas


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, June 11


Sea Pact Announces Funding to Support Advance Aquaculture Sustainability Globally


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BREAKING NEWS:
China Slams Alaska and US Seafood Industry with 25% Tariff on $1 Billion in Exports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton – June 15, 2018

China wasted no time retaliating against President Trump’s trade war.  The US seafood industry has been hit hard.

China will impose 25% punitive tariffs on a range of US seafood exports worth nearly $1 billion in 2017. The announcement was made by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council this afternoon.

The tariffs will go into effect on July 6th.  They are calculated as 25% additional tax on the imported cost of the product, including any previous tariffs. 

So if  a dungeness crab product was taxed at 12%, the 25% will be on the total cost, ie import cost plus previous tariff....

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In Example of Flexibility, Pacific Council Eases Yelloweye Rockfish Constraints in Groundfish Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - June 15, 2018

The Pacific Fishery Management Council took the bold step of approving a yelloweye rockfish rebuilding plan that would extend its expected year to rebuild by a couple years -- something almost unheard of in the past. At the same time, the benefits to communities could be immense.

Yelloweye rockfish has been on the overfished list since 2002 and has been a constraining species in almost all sectors for commercial and recreational groundfish fishing on the West Coast. The current annual catch limit for yelloweye is 20 mt; ...

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Council Separates Adak Cod Issue from Broader Cod Allocation issues, Expects Action by Dec 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM[SeafoodNews] by Peggy Parker - June 15, 2018

Management of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands is a study in complexity, founded on the earnest principles of protecting historical deliveries to the village of Adak and balancing the needs of the rationalized fishery with the non-rationalized Aleutian Island cod fishery.

Amendment 113 to the BSAI groundfish plan was intended to navigate this warren of concerns, but in the first year of its implementation a perfect storm of sorts resulted in  ...

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WWF Canada Says DFO Cod Cuts Too Little; Differs with FFAW and GIDC Partners who See Differently

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SEAFOODNEWS] by John Sackton – June 15, 2018

WWF Canada has issued a statement criticizing the DFO’s 25% cut on Northern Cod harvest as being too little. 

WWF says the DFO ‘ignored scientific evidence in its newly released plan for management of the northern cod stock. The 2018 catch limit for the 2J3KL Northern Cod Stewardship fishery is set at 9,500 metric tons, a reduction of about 25 per cent from 2017 levels, but still double the 2015 quota when the northern cod population was at the same level it is now...

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Ecuadorian Shrimp Exports Continue to Advance

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Urner Barry] by Angel Rubio - June 15, 2018 

Looking at Ecuadorean shrimp export figures from April. Data indicates that record volumes were exported adding 106 million pounds; this is 14 million pounds more from the previous record which was reached in December...

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VIDEO: Maine's Lobster Industry; SAVE Right Whales Act of 2018 and More

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 15, 2018

Watch the latest Seafood News Weekly Recap as hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione celebrate National Lobster Day with some top stories from the week. This week's video features coverage on a new book about Maine's lobster industry; the SAVE Right Whales Act of 2018; and the Arctic Storm and Rolls-Royce Marine Factory Trawler. Plus, find out more about NOAA potentially expanding reporting rules for the lobster industry.

This video is sponsored by the Seafood Innovation Expo ...

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Fish Radio: Ferry Tests for Ocean Acidity Produce First Results

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - June 15, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The state ferry Columbia now has six months of data since last October when it began testing the waters for acidity from Southeast Alaska across the entire Province of British Columbia to Bellingham, Washington. 

It is part of an unprecedented Alaska/Canada project to learn how increasing ocean acidity affects regional fisheries.

“The fantastic thing about this vessel is it’s going from Bellingham to Skagway and back every week ...

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Lobster Day 2018: Indulge With These 5 Lobster Recipes

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 15, 2018

June 15 is National Lobster Day! Seafood News is celebrating by rounding up some delicious recipes featuring these industry superstars.

Check out five recipes out below and be sure to tag @SeafoodNews on Instagram with any photos of your creations ...

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WPRFMC Managers Recommend Changes to Swordfish Longline Fishery in Light of Turtle Interactions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Susan Chambers - June 14, 2018

Federal fishery managers recommended measures to manage sea turtle interactions in the Hawaii shallow-set longline fishery targeting swordfish this week in Hawaii.

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council recommended amending the Pelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) for the Western Pacific Region to establish a framework that consists of:

a) annual fleet-wide limits on the number of North Pacific loggerhead and leatherback interactions. Once either of these interaction limits is reached, the fishery ...

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‘Weaponized’ McDowell Report on Value of Shore Processing Opening Gun in Fight Over Cod Allocations

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by Jim Paulin – June 14, 2018

The newly released McDowell Report on the economic impacts of shore-based processing was requested by the processors to support their position on the cod issue at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council.

The results of the analysis demonstrate the inshore seafood sector is the primary source of economic activity in the BSAI region and a critical source of income for the region's communities and residents. It further illustrates the importance of a diverse...

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Possible North Atlantic Right Whale Death Off Virginia Coast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [CBC News] - June 15, 2018

Whale experts are investigating what could possibly be a second North Atlantic right whale death in U.S. waters.

On Thursday, Virginia Aquarium's Marine Science Center Stranding Response Program, was alerted to a "very decomposed large whale carcass."

The carcass had washed ashore on Metompkin Island in Virginia, near the Maryland border.

"Whale experts have tentatively identified it as a North Atlantic right whale," said the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in a news release. "Genetic samples have been taken to ...

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Celebrate National Lobster Day With the Top Lobster Stories

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 15, 2018

Friday is National Lobster Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a look at SeafoodNews.com’s top lobster stories?

Earlier this week NOAA announced that they’re considering a recommendation that would require all federal lobster permit holders to report on catches from their fishing trips. You can read about it here.

Meanwhile, some processing plants in Canada are coming up short as the right whale closures hit the last weeks of lobster and crab fishing in the Gulf of St. Lawrence ...

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China’s Frozen Salmon Prices Have Been Dropping; Dealers Stuck with High Cost Inventory

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [FishFirst] translated by Amy Zhong - June 15, 2018

Frozen salmon prices in China began dropping at the end of May. It all began in Guangzhou on May 25, then spread to Shanghai. Beijing seems to be the lucky one in this price contraction with comparatively small changes to local prices.

As statistics from June 7 show, Norwegian salmon are sold at about 80 to 82 yuan per kg ($12.45-$12.76/kg USD) in Guangzhou, while the Chilean ones are at around 72 to 76 yuan per kg ($11.21-$11.83/kg USD). Salmon sellers are upset...

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Final Sentence Handed Down in Maine Eel Trafficking Case

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] – June 15, 2018

The final sentence has been handed down in Maine in an eel trafficking sting operation that led to 21 people being charged, 14 of them in Maine.

‘Operation Broken Glass’ was an investigation by the US Fish and Wildlife Service into illegal eel trafficking across 4 states. 

Albert Cray of West Bath pled guilty to helping catch 140 pounds of glass eels, worth $253,000, in New Jersey in 2015, where eel harvesting is prohibited.

He was sentenced to a year on probation...

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Alaska Salmon Season Subdued So Far - Calm Before the Bristol Bay Storm?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 14, 2018

One month into Alaska’s iconic salmon season and the question is “Where are the fish?” rather than “How high will the catch be?”

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game forecast a harvest of 149 million salmon in 2018, 51.8 million of which is sockeye. Chipping away at that is a severely reduced Copper River run and shortages in Cook Inlet so far. 

Bristol Bay’s harvest forecast of nearly 38 million sockeye is the major driver in the state ...

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Shelf-Life Extension Co. BluWrap Receives Additional Financing from Existing Investors

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 15, 2018

BluWrap is growing thanks to continued capital from their existing investors. The company, which specializes in developing extended shelf-life technology for the proteins, announced earlier this week that they have secured further financing through a Series D fundraising led by existing investor, the Wheatsheaf Group.

“We are delighted that our existing investors have chosen to build on their commitment to BluWrap,” Ola Strand, CEO of BluWrap, said in a press release. “The additional investment will allow us to ...

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SAVE Right Whales Act Could Provide $50 Million Grant For Ropeless Fishing Technology

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - June 14, 2018

The SAVE Right Whales Act of 2018, filed in Congress on June 7, could provide a $5 million annual grant program to allow fishermen, shippers and conservationists to collaborate to protect North Atlantic right whales.

Introduced by U.S. Reps Seth Moulton and William Keating, and by U.S. Senator Cory Booker, the SAVE Act stands for Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales. If it becomes law, the act would provide a total of ...

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